Happy Friday, everyone! I hope your weather isn't too bad and that you're hunkered down and cozy if it is. :)
This week, I have a contemporary romance from Ofelia Gränd - #Pictabook, with one of my favorite character types, the reclusive librarian. Come have a listen :D
by Ofelia Gränd
Jules Rose leads a quiet life working as a librarian. He’s happy to spend his spare time reading books and talking to his homicidal cat. What more could he wish for? But when his cozy Friday night is shattered by a friend request on his book community app, politeness gives him little choice but to accept. Jules doesn’t want to talk to anyone, but he can’t be rude. Besides, if he had to talk about something, books is the topic he’d pick.
Phoenix Ford is dyslexic and avoids everything that has to do with the written word, but when the colleague he’s trying to impress calls him stupid, he decides to convince the other man, he’s mistaken. All he needs is the right book to make him look smart, a perfect balance between intelligent and short. And who better to ask for help than a guy who loves books so much, he labeled one boner-worthy on a book app?
When Jules finds out Phoenix never has read a book from start to finish, he’s on a mission. He will find the right book, the book that will make Phoenix fall in love -- with reading. Phoenix’s plan might have been to listen to the book Jules picked for him to impress his colleague, but that was before he got to know him. Talking about books is a sure way to Jules’ heart, but is it enough for him to agree to go on a date?
Ofelia Gränd is Swedish, which often shines through in her stories. She likes to write about everyday people ending up in not-so-everyday situations, and hopefully also getting out of them. She writes romance, contemporary, paranormal, Sci-Fi and whatever else catches her fancy.
Her books are written for readers who want to take a break from their everyday life for an hour or two.
When Ofelia manages to tear herself from the screen and sneak away from her husband and children, she likes to take walks in the woods…if she’s lucky she finds her way back home again.
Geoffrey the Very Strange is up for pre-order! This is on Amazon KU as part of the Magic Emporium series for now, we'll do a wide release later in the year :)
Do check out the other Magic Emporium stories at Meghan Maslow's website and also check out the inspiration story for the Magic Emporium itself which Meghan's giving away until March 3! In Fair Verona
Where did Geoffrey come from? Ha. He was a funny throwaway comment in a post where I was explaining the theme for one of Queer Sci Fi's flash fiction contests. The theme was Innovation. The post went like this:
Innovation doesn't have to be about science and technology. Innovation can occur in any field. Any field at all.
The opera was an innovation in music when Jacopo Peri thought it would be a cool idea in 1597.
In architecture, Filippo Brunelleschi figured out how to make the first dome without a framework.
In art, Georges Seurat's great innovation was pointillism.
In necromancy, Geoffrey the Very Strange discovered that you could raise the dead by means of seashells and force of will instead of blood magic.
(OK, I made that last one up, but again, it would be innovation.)
Several people wanted Geoffrey's story, so I wrote it in my Notebook of Doom and set it aside for some day. Until Meghan asked me to be part of the Magic Emporium series and some day became now. :D
Happy Friday, everyone! I hope everyone is staying as warm as they can. <3 This week I have an excerpt from #5 in The Magic Emporium series to read to you - Hexes and Horns by the wonderful Rowan McAllister. Urban fantasy, witches, a certain shifter - come have a listen! :D
Hexes and Horns
The Magic Emporium #5
by Rowan McAllister
Ryan O’Byrne has rules: 1) no using his magic, 2) no getting dragged back into his family’s craziness, and 3) no dating supernaturals of any kind, especially shifters … in other words, nothing and no one who will tempt him to break rule number one.
But what if the gorgeous wall of muscle he can’t seem to stay away from just happens to be a shifter? Well, it is only a short-term thing, and he isn’t a master of denial for nothing.
Leo Holt can’t help it if he has a teeny tiny weakness for bad boys—not really bad, just a little prickly around the edges. Even for a unicorn, all sweetness and light, all the time, can get a little boring. But, falling for the eldest son of the dark witch family who runs his little West Virginia town might be getting his fingers too close to the fire, even for him.
For Ryan, it was supposed to be a simple trip back home to show support during a family crisis. But when hexes, secrets, a family demon, and the O’Byrne witches are involved, nothing is ever simple.
Hexes and Horns is part of the Magic Emporium Series. Each book stands alone, but each one features an appearance by Marden’s Magic Emporium, a shop that can appear anywhere, but only once and only when someone’s in dire need. This book contains explicit sex scenes, a muscular moonshiner, a reluctant witch, a spooky best friend, and a guaranteed HEA.
Rowan McAllister is an unapologetically romantic jack of all trades and a sucker for good food, good cocktails, rich fibers, a great beat, and anything else that indulges the senses. In addition to a continuing love affair with words, she likes to play with textiles, metal, wood, stone, and whatever other interesting scraps of life she can get her hands on. She lives in the woods, on the very edge of suburbia--where civilization drops off and nature takes over--sharing her home with her patient, loving, and grounded husband, three furry rescues, and a whole lot of books, booze, and fabric. Her chosen family is a madcap collection of people as diverse as her interests, all of whom act as her muses in so many ways, and she would be lost without them. Whether her stories have a historical, fantasy, or contemporary setting, they always feature characters who still believe in true love, happy endings, and the oft-underappreciated value of sarcasm.
Hello and Happy Friday! This week I have some rock gods, some broken dreams and some second chances for you! Tattered Dreams is from the Road to Rocktoberfest series and this one is by the lovely Layla Dorine. :D Come have a listen!
by Layla Dorine
Tattered Angel (The Road to Rocktoberfest Book 2) - Kindle edition by Dorine, Layla. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.
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Since the moment he picked up his first guitar, Dez Conway dreamed of being a Rockstar. A multi-talented musician with the ability to play the electric violin, electric cello and even the bass, he’d be an asset to any group of musicians, if only the bands who’d hired him over the years had truly thought that way. Instead, he’s singing for the dishes in an upscale restaurant, bitter, pissed off and unwilling to entertain the offer to replace the front man of the world-famous Deviant Angels. After all, why the hell would they be any different than the guys who’d kicked him to the curb in the past? Only…they’re not the Deviant Angels. Their longtime front man took the name with him when he left, along with their hopes of getting back on the road again and playing the music they love. Of course, a talented musician like Dez could change all that for them, if they can convince him that this time, his dreams of rock stardom, and love, can actually come true.
A talented musician tossed to the wayside, a struggling band, striving for one more shot. A once in a lifetime opportunity at making heavy metal dreams, and love, come true.
Notice how I'm not calling it Edit Hell? Being positive. Yep. :D
Silliness aside, Geoffrey the Very Strange is with the developmental editor right now and I'm hoping to get it through all the edits in good time since the clock is ticking on that one. Current word count is nearly 40K with the caveat that word counts are not stable until after dev. edits are done.
While I wait for those, I've gotten a start on edits for The Anti-Quest. Remember that thing above about word count? Yeah. That. Anti-Quest was a 30K story when I finished the first time around. There will be substantial additions due to aforesaid editor, at least another chapter, lots of things to unpack. So - yay, longer story!
The little guy above is by Gus Li, who was kind enough to draw him for me. <3 You'll see him in Anti-Quest, but you don't get to know more yet.
It's Friday! And time for another installment in our Magic Emporium Reading Day series!
This is release #4 for the Emporium, written by the amazing Kim Fielding - The Muffin Man! Remember that all of the Magic Emporium books are standalone, you can read them in any order, but they all share one thing - Marden's Magic Emporium. And in this excerpt, we get to visit the Emporium itself! Come have a listen:
The Muffin Man
The Magic Emporium #4
by Kim Fielding
Morli is a prince on a mission—but he’d rather be baking.
Baxter is a lonely production artist stuck in a pandemic lockdown.
They are literally universes apart. But with a little help from a magic shop, a raven, and a dead great-aunt who was possibly a witch, Morli and Baxter are joined together on a cross-worlds adventure. Battling killer brambles in order to rescue an enchanted princess seems simple compared to their real challenges: discovering their strengths and creating a future together.
The Muffin Man is part of the Magic Emporium Series. Each book stands alone, but each one features an appearance by Marden’s Magic Emporium, a shop that can appear anywhere, but only once and only when someone is in dire need. This book contains reluctant heroes, sentient sourdough starter, lots of carbs (with some recipes!), and a guaranteed HEA.
Kim Fielding is the bestselling, award-winning author of over 60 novels and novellas. Like Kim herself, her work is eclectic, spanning genres such as contemporary, fantasy, paranormal, horror, and historical. Her stories are set in alternate worlds, in 15th century Bosnia, in modern-day Oregon. Her heroes are hipster architect werewolves, housekeepers, maimed giants, and conflicted graduate students. They’re usually flawed, they often encounter terrible obstacles, but they always find love.
Having migrated back and forth across the western two-thirds of the United States, Kim calls California home. She lives there with her family, her cat, and her day job as a university professor, but escapes as often as possible via car, train, plane, or boat. This may explain why her characters often seem to be in transit as well. She dreams of traveling and writing full-time.
I'm not going to discuss this part further then to say I have received my full rights back from Dreamspinner, without issues, per my request.
The happier part of this news is that all of my ESTO Universe books will now live in one place at Mischief Corner Books, and I can, when I'm ready, continue the Web of Arcana series.
(Hint: I am not ready. There's so much to do.)
The Gravitational Attraction cover did not come back with the book, though, since the rights belong to the artist. So I'm pleased to be able to share the brand new cover for the Grav. Attraction reissue. (It's a beauty :D )
Angel writes (mostly) Science Fiction and Fantasy centered around queer heroes. Currently living part time in the hectic sprawl of northern Delaware and full time inside her head, she has one husband, one son, two cats, a love of all things beautiful and a terrible addiction to the consumption of both knowledge and chocolate.